September 23rd, 2013
05:56 PM ET
1 year ago

Who is Obama scared of?

(CNN) – President Barack Obama has made it clear to the public that he's quit smoking. But Monday he may have hinted at the real reason why: he's afraid of his wife.

The moment of candor followed a roundtable discussion during a conversation caught on camera at the United Nations General Assembly between Obama and Maina Kiai, the U.N. Special Rapporteur for rights to freedom of peaceful assembly.

Caught off-mic, Obama said to Kiai: "I hope you've quit smoking."

To that Kiai replies: "Sometimes."

Obama then says "no, no, no I haven't" followed by a word that's inaudible and then: "in six years. That's 'cause I'm scared of my wife."

–CNN's Virginia Nicolaidis contributed to this report.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Wake up People!

    Crack that whip Mrs. Obama!!

    September 23, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    In a new poll, the per cent of Americans who support Cruz and the republican efforts of shutting down government in order to defund Obamacare, is 19%. Hell, 10%of Americans think Mittens killed bin Laden. It looks like only nut cases are tying themselves to the Republican Party.

    September 23, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Happy wife happy marriage :)

    September 23, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. Evergreen

    Good for you Mr. President. Your wife and daughters want you around for a very long time.

    September 23, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. Lori Drummond

    I did a little digging. According to Michelle Obama, Mr. Obama quit smoking only about 2 years ago. If he is saying here that he hasn't smoked in 6 years, then all he's doing is blowing smoke! Something at which he is very good.

    September 23, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Dose he still chew the gum ?

    Dose his wife let him ?

    September 23, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. ED1

    Another lie by Obama.

    Michelle said Obama quit in 2011 and Obama says he quit 6 years ago must be that fuzzy math he used when selling us down the river with Obamacare.

    September 23, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  8. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Who isn't scared of their wives if you have any brains...

    September 23, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  9. just me

    Again he shows intelligence and good judgement :D

    September 24, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  10. Name Uche Agonsi

    Thats a line for the Repubs...... Carry the 'Hostage' negotiation to Michele instead of Barrack.

    September 24, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |